- a long pointed spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
- the javelin ⇒ the event or sport of throwing the javelin
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jave•lin /ˈdʒævlɪn, ˈdʒævə-/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- a spear thrown by hand, esp. a long metal spear used in throwing for distance as a sport.
jave•lin ( jav′lin, jav′ə-),USA pronunciation n.
- a light spear, usually thrown by hand.
- a spearlike shaft about 8½ ft. (2.7 m) long and usually made of wood, used in throwing for distance.
- Also called jave′lin throw′. a competitive field event in which the javelin is thrown for distance.
- to strike or pierce with or as if with a javelin.
- Old Irish), derivative of Old Irish gabul fork, forked branch, cognate with Old Breton gabl, Welsh gafl
- Old English gafeluc, *gafeloc
British Celtic *gablākos presumably, a spear with a forklike head; compare Middle Irish gablach forked branch, javelin, MWelsh gaflach (apparently
- Middle French javeline, by suffix alteration from javelot, Anglo-French gavelot, gaveloc, probably
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javelin /ˈdʒævlɪn/ n
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